All heat pumps are equipped with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be managed as its name implies—if there is an emergency. The emergency heat switch will turn on a strip, or strips, of electric heat and turn off your heat pump. When the temperature outside dips below 40 degrees, many Lafayette residents will flip the switch in order to heat their homes up. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system works in this emergency mode, it can use a lot of energy and send your utility bills skyrocketing.
AC Sales advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s cooler outside and it appears that your heat pump is constantly running, let it do its job. It’s actually much more efficient to let your heat pump run that it would be if your heat pump is operating in its emergency mode.
If it seems that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Lafayette, it’s time to give AC Sales a call. Investing in a backup heating system may save you some money in the long run. We can install your backup system to work like a dream with your heat pump. So, when it’s so cold that your heat pump can’t pull warmer air into your home, your thermostat can instinctively switch on your backup heating system. This method will keep your home nice and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for real heating emergencies.
If you want to learn more about ways you can supplement your heat pump’s heat supply or find out more about how your heat pump works, call our experts at (337) 234-2345. We’ll be happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.